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Chris Mannix on OM&F: Gordon Hayward is Celtics’ guy, could be interested in trading for Jimmy Butler 05.17.17 at 4:03 pm ET
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The Celtics appear to be in on Gordon Hayward. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics appear to be in on Gordon Hayward. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

The Vertical’s Chris Mannix joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss the NBA draft lottery and what the Celtics plan to do this summer. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Mannix believes the Celtics will take Washington guard Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall, and then target signing Gordon Hayward, who played for Brad Stevens at Butler.

“Well, they can’t just go out there and extend all these offers to everyone that hits the free agent market, but they don’t intend to,” Mannix said. “They’ve got a pretty good idea of what they want to do this summer.

“Gordon Hayward is the guy. That’s who they are going to roll out the red carpet for and see if they can lure him away from Utah. They know the financial situation there. Gordon can make a lot more money staying with the Jazz, but they believe that the lure of Brad Stevens and the appeal of playing in the Eastern Conference and getting far, far away from the Golden State Warriors is going to be a luring to Gordon Hayward.”

Mannix also said the Celtics could be in on trading for the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler if the price has come down since the deadline and extending Isaiah Thomas is not a priority. He will be a free agent after next season.

“I don’t think it is a priority for Boston to extend Isaiah Thomas this summer,” he said. “I really don’t. He wants the money. He wants to be paid in that $20-25 million per season range. He thinks he’s done enough to earn it. He’s right, but I don’t see Boston making that a real priority here. I think their priority is to make a splash in free agency and I think they are going to sit down and sell this to Isaiah. They are going to tell him, ‘We want to pay you. We’re not afraid to pay you. We believe you’re worth $25 million a year, whatever it is that you think you are worth. We just can’t do it right now.’ You have to have cap flexibility to give a guy an extension. There has to be room under your cap to do that.

“Boston wants Hayward. They want to try and go out and trade for a Jimmy Butler if he turns out to be more available than he was at the deadline. I think giving Isaiah an extension is pretty far back on Boston’s list of priorities.”

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Potential Celtics No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz once called out LeBron James 05.17.17 at 3:18 pm ET
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The Celtics seem likely to select Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s draft and he could be the perfect Celtic.

Looking back on the former Washington point guard’s Twitter page, it shows in 2013 he called out LeBron James.

The tweet read: Shut up lebron. It was accompanied with a Vine where he commented on James’ hairline.

“Man, shut up, LeBron,” Fultz said. “You can’t even see your hairline, fool. You’re going bald in the next 24 hours. The next game, you’re going to be bald. Shut up.”

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Eastern Conference finals schedule: Celtics will host Cavs Wednesday, Friday before series shifts to Cleveland 05.16.17 at 10:45 am ET
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The Celtics will host the Cavs beginning Wednesday night. (Bob DeChiara-USA Today Sports)

The Celtics will host the Cavs beginning Wednesday night. (Bob DeChiara-USA Today Sports)

Thanks to a thrilling Game 7 win over the Wizards Monday night, the Celtics have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals where they will take on the well-rested Cavaliers.

Since the Celtics were the No. 1 overall seed in the East, they will have homecourt advantage.

Here is the complete schedule. All games will begin at 8:30 and be aired on TNT.

Game 1: Wednesday, May 17 at Boston

Game 2: Friday, May 19 at Boston

Game 3: Sunday, May 21 at Cleveland

Game 4: Tuesday, May 23 at Cleveland

Game 5: Thursday, May 25 at Boston*

Game 6: Saturday, May 27 at Cleveland*

Game 7: Monday, May 29 at Boston *

* If necessary

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After Game 7 thriller, can Celtics give LeBron James, Cavaliers a real run for it? 05.16.17 at 12:17 am ET
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Kelly Olynyk channels Larry Bird, scoring 14 of his playoff career-best 26 points in a stunning fourth-quarter display while Isaiah Thomas was his typical brilliant self, scoring 29, as the Celtics put away the Wizards in Game 7. Not much time to savor as LeBron James and the Cavs are up Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern finals. Mike Petraglia and Josue Pavon recap an electric night at TD Garden.

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Celtics reportedly interviewed draft prospect Markelle Fultz at NBA Draft combine Wednesday night 05.11.17 at 12:06 pm ET
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Markelle Fultz (James Snook/USA Today Sports)

Markelle Fultz (James Snook/USA Today Sports)

Just because the Celtics were in the midst of trying to keep their season alive, didn’t mean Danny Ainge and Co. weren’t looking to the future.

According to DraftExpress.com, the Celtics were scheduled to interview Markelle Fultz at the NBA Draft combine Wednesday night. The Washington guard is considered a candidate to be selected with one of the upcoming draft’s top two picks.

The Celtics have a 25 percent chance of claiming the top pick in the draft when the lottery is held Tuesday night, with the odds dropping to 21.5 percent for the second pick and 17.8 percent for the third.

Fultz is considered perhaps the best ready-made scorer in the draft, with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball representing the only other available player with similar upside. Ball, however, is viewed as more of a playmaker than Fultz.

When asked who he liked the Celtics taking if they do, indeed, end up with the No. 1 overall selection, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman told the Giardi and Bradfo Show that Fultz would be his guy.

“He is a scoring point who can play with Isaiah. Lonzo Ball is the other guy who can be in the mix, but I don’t know if he plays with Isaiah all that well. They both need the ball in their hands,” Goodman said.

TO LISTEN TO JEFF GOODMAN TALK MARKELLE FULTZ, CLICK HERE (at 38:15 mark)

How Avery Bradley and Al Horford took apart the Wizards in Game 5 05.10.17 at 11:59 pm ET
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Avery Bradley was lights out in the first half and Al Horford was everywhere throughout Game 5 as the Celtics blew out the Wizards, 123-101, Wednesday at TD Garden. Mike Petraglia and Josue Pavon break down the win and look ahead to a close-out chance in Game 6.

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Draymond Green calls out Kelly Olynyk for being a dirty player 05.08.17 at 1:08 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk has been called out for being a dirty player. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Kelly Olynyk has been called out for being a dirty player. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

It appears Kelly Olynyk isn’t getting the best reputation around the league.

Olynyk and Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. have been going at it all series. Oubre Jr. said Olynyk has repeatedly hit him in the head while setting screens and then during Game 3, Oubre charged at Olynyk, knocking him to the floor.

He was ejected and suspended for Game 4.

This has led to some across the league considering Olynyk a dirty player, including Draymond Green.

Appearing on ESPN’s Uninterupted podcast, Green called Olynyk out.

“He’s dirty. Dirty player,” Green said. “Man, I don’t respect guys like that. I know he’s not like the greatest basketball player of all-time so maybe he feel like he’s gotta do like that. Just dirty. I don’t respect that, man. He’s dirty.”

The Celtics and Wizards are tied at two and will play Game 5 Wednesday night.

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